Outlaws at Hagerstown Speedway, Thursday, September 28th

Swindell Coasts to Victory at Hagerstown By Richard Day HAGERSTOWN, MD (September 28) -- Sammy Swindell and Stevie Smith have been flirting with disaster since the Pennzoil World of Outlaws ...

Swindell Coasts to Victory at Hagerstown By Richard Day HAGERSTOWN, MD (September 28) -- Sammy Swindell and Stevie Smith have been flirting with disaster since the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series headed east to Pennsylvania and Maryland. Swindell's #1 CHANNELLOCK Stealth couldn't make it to victory lane on its own power Thursday at Hagerstown Speedway after running out of fuel halfway through his cool-down lap. Smith was running on fumes during the final lap of Tuesday's main event at Lernerville Speedway. Ironically, it was Smith who chased Swindell for 30 laps Thursday, and almost caught him when the series' three-time champion collided with Jac Haudenschild with four laps remaining. Smith narrowed the gap quickly, then tried to pass Swindell for the lead on the restart, but finished a half-straightaway behind. "I think I would've still been in the lead if that caution (for Haudenschild) hadn't come out," Sammy said. "I was trying to draft him down the back straight to try to get by in three and four. I don't know if he broke a rear end or what; I just know he slowed up real quick right in front of me." The $10,000 victory was Sammy's ninth of the season and the fifth of his career at Hagerstown Speedway. He closed to within six points of defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Mark Kinser for second place in the standings. Swindell, the 11th-fastest qualifier in the 39-car field, was .298 seconds off Smith's Vivarin Fast-Time Award-winning pace. He won the Third NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race and earned the right to start the "A" Feature on the pole by winning his 22nd CHANNELLOCK Dash of the year. Swindell and Smith, whose crews replaced their engines after the dash, raced wheel-to-wheel down the front stretch as the green flag fell in the main event. Sammy surged ahead in the high groove between the first and second corners. Fourth NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Johnny Herrera steered the #20 Networks Eagle deep into turn three to pass Smith for second place early in lap two. Kinser and Donny Schatz, only .006 seconds apart in the qualifying session, battled throughout the series' 55th event of the season. Schatz steered his family's #15 Parker Stores J&J under Kinser in the fourth corner, only to have Mark regain fourth place with an inside move between turns three and four the next time around. Swindell was 20 car-lengths ahead of Smith when he entered lapped traffic during the seventh lap. Second NAPA AUTO PARTS Heat Race winner Cris Eash won a back- straightaway drag race with Schatz to take over fifth place two laps later. Eash flipped in turn two the next time around, however. A fuel line problem in the #17 HEM Saw Eagle forced Joey Saldana into the pits during the ensuing restart. Dale Blaney and Fred Rahmer passed Schatz for fifth and sixth place during the 10th lap, and Smith regained the runner-up spot with an inside move past Herrera in the third corner the next time around. A flat left rear tire forced Haudenschild to stop on the front straightaway early in the 12th lap. Blaney continued his run toward the front when the green flag replaced the yellow, steering the #93 Amoco Maxim into the low groove between turns three and four to pass Kinser. He challenged Herrera for eight laps before passing him for third place early in the 25th lap. Swindell was a straightaway ahead of Smith when he caught the back-markers again with 11 laps remaining. The rear end in the #22 fetchOmatic Maxim broke seven laps later, causing "The Wild Child" to slow dramatically in front of Swindell on the front stretch. Sammy hit Haudenschild, but managed to stay ahead of Smith, then restarted ahead of the field after "The Wild Child" stopped in turn three. "The CHANNELLOCK car did just about everything we asked it to tonight," Sammy said. "We didn't change anything all night long. In fact, we ran the same tires in the feature that we ran in the dash. This track really doesn't seem to change much, so we have a pretty good idea where we need to be when we start the night." Blaney finished in third place, ahead of Herrera, 20th-starting Fred Rahmer, Kinser, Schatz, Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser, Danny Lasoski and Tim Shaffer. Smith received his fifth Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season after pacing the qualifying session with a 116.182-m.p.h. lap around Hagerstown's semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval. Despite battling engine problems throughout the program, Greg Hodnett raced into 15th place from the back of the pack in the "A" Feature. The #V12 Wirtgen America Maxim suffered a blown engine during hot laps. After his crew replaced the power plant, Hodnett took one lap at the end of the qualifying session and was only 38th-quick. He passed 16 cars in the "B" Feature to qualify for the main event. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Joey Saldana , Johnny Herrera